Labor Day has come and gone, and now it's time to place our attention where it belongs: on this list of exciting new restaurants opening around Dallas in the fall and beyond.
We've collated them all — not just the "most anticipated," as some other other websites do, not naming any names here — but all of the coming-soon restaurants, whether they're anticipated or hardly known. Some of these are definitely not known, until now.
Here's our master list of restaurants coming soon, with opening dates included when they are available:
400 Gradi. Neapolitan-style pizzeria concept hails from Melbourne, Australia chef Johnny Di Francesco. "400 Gradi" refers to the high temperature at which a thin-crust traditional Neapolitan pizza is cooked in a wood-fired oven. The restaurant will open at 2000 Ross Ave., the new mixed-use development which will also include retail, residential living, and a boutique hotel. Opening September 16.
Arrr! Raw Bar and Grill. Raw seafood bar and grill is from a former manager with Tommy Bahamas. It'll have oysters and fresh seafood, but also chicken, burgers, and other American dishes, with a full bar that includes craft beer on tap. Opening at 8049 Preston Rd. in Frisco in early September.
Barcelona Wine Bar. This Spanish-Mediterranean small plates concept acquired in 2018 by Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group is still planning to open a location on Henderson Avenue next to The Porch, but the opening probably won't happen until 2020.
Better Than Sex. Dessert-themed restaurant with a saucy name will open in historic Downtown Plano at 1010 E. 15th St. A chain founded in Florida, it serves two things: beverages and desserts with a little naughty on the side. The desserts have "racy" names with sexual innuendoes, such as Between My Red Velvet Sheets Cheesecake, Popcorn Pimp Cheesecake, and Peanut Butter Perversion. Opening: mid- to late-September.
The Biscuit Bar. Small local restaurant chain dedicated to biscuits will open in The Epic, the mixed-use project combining office, residential, and boutique hotel at 2550 Pacific Ave. at the edge of Deep Ellum. They specialize in biscuits with a range of toppings, plus biscuit sandwiches and tater tots. Late 2019.
Buzz and Bustle. Located at 8372 Southwestern Blvd. #110, this is one of nearly a dozen restaurants planned for famed apartment complex The Village Dallas, which is building a new entertainment district and hotel. Spring 2020.
Casa Verona. Full-service restaurant combining Greek and Italian cuisines will open at The Hill, the Dallas mixed-use development at Walnut Hill Lane and US-75. There'll be Greek entrees but also excellent pizza, pastas, and other Italian dishes. Opening in early fall.
Cava. Healthy restaurant chain based in Washington D.C. that celebrates traditional Greek and Mediterranean cooking will open its second DFW location in Uptown Dallas at 1919 McKinney Ave., next to the Spaces co-working concept where CultureMap offices. A Plano location at Legacy West opened in May. Fall 2019.
Chiloso Mexican Grill. Small local chain described as a better version of Chipotle will open a location at Casa Linda Plaza, East Dallas' most revered center. Signature dish is the grilled avocado, topped with queso and choice of meat such as pork, chicken, steak, barbacoa, or ground beef. They're also opening a location in Richardson Heights. Possibly November.
Cibo Divino Centro. Second location of Cibo Divino Marketplace, the beloved restaurant and wine-centric marketplace at Sylvan Thirty, will open on the ground floor of Bryan Tower, at 2001 Bryan St. They'll do breakfast and lunch, salads, sandwiches, pizzas, plus a case of prepared foods and wine bar where customers can sit down and have a glass or take a bottle to go. Opening in October.
Commons Club. Chic spot combining food, drink, and social club will be the flagship restaurant at Virgin Hotels Dallas, the latest property from the lifestyle hotel brand founded by Sir Richard Branson, opening in Dallas' Design District in December.
CraftWorks Kitchen. Chain-in-the-making from food & beverage team Troy Cooper and Mike Hutchinson, will open in Plano's LakeSide Market with modern American cuisine at a moderate price point. Signature appetizers so far include candied bacon, blue cheese chips, and New Orleans-inspired chicken wings. October.
Desert Racer. Fun concept from chef Nick Badovinus whose inspiration comes from the Baja 1000, the rogue desert racing event held on Mexico's Baja California peninsula, takes over former Haymaker spot on Lower Greenville, and opens in early fall.
Dive In. Located at 8372 Southwestern Blvd. #100, this is one of nearly a dozen restaurants planned for famed apartment complex The Village Dallas, which is building a new entertainment district and hotel. Spring 2020.
Drake's. Steakhouse from Hunter Pond, founder and CEO of Vandelay Hospitality Group (East Hampton Sandwich Co., Hudson House), will open next to the original Neighborhood Services at 5007 W. Lovers Ln. The concept is inspired by old-school, classic hangouts of Los Angeles like Delilah's, Craig's, and Mr. Nice Guy. October 2019.
Ellie's. Named for Ellie Hall, the late mother of hotel owner and Hall Group Founder Craig Hall, it's opening in the Dallas Arts District at the Hall Arts Hotel, helmed by executive chef Eric Dreyer, formerly of Fearing's at The Ritz-Carlton. Fall 2019.
The Flatbread Company. New slice of pizza from New England will open at 1720 Greenville Ave., in the space where Firestone resided for decades. Founded in 1998 and headquartered in New Hampshire, the Flatbread Company serves wood-fired thin-crust pizza, organic salads, and old-fashioned desserts. Late November.
Funny Library Coffee Shop. This coffee house and communal work space will open at Virgin Hotels Dallas, the latest property from Sir Richard Branson, coming to the Design District. It recreates a concept that debuted at the Virgin Hotels property in San Francisco, and features Laughing Man, a coffee brand co-founded by movie star Hugh Jackman. December 2019.
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken. Famous Memphis chicken chain known for its signature spicy coating will open a location in Deep Ellum at 2904 Commerce St. This will be the second location in North Texas, following the chain's 2016 debut in Fort Worth. Fall 2019.
HaliBoyz. Family-owned Mexican-American Grille from upstate New York has relocated to DFW, specifically to 3309 N. Central Expwy. in Plano. Opening day is September 7.
Hello Dumpling. Charming dumpling spot from June Chow that debuted in 2017 in East Dallas will open a spinoff at The Hill, the mixed-use center at Walnut Hill Lane and US 75. Hello will take the space that was once going to be home to a second location of Empire Baking, which is no longer happening. Late 2019.
Hōru Sushi. Sushi restaurant coming to Plano food hall Legacy Hall will open at 7800 Windrose Ave. Founder Chin Liang has 20-plus years of experience behind the sushi counter at restaurants such as KÄI in Legacy West, Lounge 31, and Steel Restaurant & Lounge. September.
HTeaO. A growing chain from Midland which does fresh brewed iced teas is opening multiple locations around DFW, including the Mosaic building in downtown Dallas, and at least one other in Plano. Fall 2019.
Hugo's Invitados. Authentic Mexican restaurant that debuted in Las Colinas in 2018 will open a second in Uptown Dallas. Hugo's is a partnership between entrepreneur Mark Hulme and restaurateur Hugo Miranda, previously with Meso Maya. They'll build a flagship in a 11,000-square-foot end space opposite Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse at the McKinney & Olive luxury tower.
Inventors Lounge. New bar opens at 9913 Garland Rd., next door to the Royal Pour, with whom it will share ownership, but with a less gruff personality than its sibling. September.
Iota Brew Cafe. Former Los Angeles concept is moving to Carrollton where it will serve innovative lattes and other coffee drinks, cool desserts, and unique savory items like Korean street toasts. Opening in late September.
Jack & Ginger's. Sibling to 77 Degrees, this Irish pub concept from Austin-based hospitality companyUnion Venture Group will open at 2107 N. Henderson Ave., in the former Eberhard space, with more than 80 beers on tap, Irish whiskeys, a classic pub ambience, and a full menu of hearty food and snacks. October.
Komodo. Celebrity hotspot from Miami is opening in The Epic, the 16-story tower at Good Latimer and Pacific Avenue. The menu features Southeast Asian plates and drinks in an atmosphere that boasts an over-the-top party vibe with multi-level dining options including three bars. Late 2019.
La Reunion Coffee. Coffee and wine bar from some of the most pedigreed baristas is opening in Bishop Arts, with coffee, cocktails, and craft beer. Fall 2019.
La Tarte Tropezienne. Famed bakery from Saint-Tropez will bring its signature confections to Dallas, in its first location in the U.S., opening below the Joule hotel at 1604 Main St., in the former Le Labo pop-up space. Opening TBD.
The Mayor's House. New restaurant in Oak Cliff will open in a historic home that was once home to Dallas mayor George Sergeant. It will feature several dining rooms with historic fixtures, fireplace, and patio. Chef is Graham Dodds, who will serve signature dishes including biscuits, duck tacos with pickled onions, and fried pies. Possibly by September.
Meridian. Located at 8364 Southwestern Blvd., this is one of nearly a dozen restaurants planned for famed apartment complex The Village Dallas, which is building a new entertainment district and hotel. Slated to open in spring 2020.
Mesero. Authentic Mexican food chain originally founded by (and since separated) Mico Rodriguez, is opening a location at Preston Hollow Village, with a date still TBD.
Mogo. Located at 8324 Southwestern Blvd., this is one of nearly a dozen restaurants planned for famed apartment complex The Village Dallas, which is building a new entertainment district and hotel. Opening spring 2020.
Mot Hai Ba. Cherished East Dallas Vietnamese restaurant will open its second Dallas outpost at 665 High Market St. at South Victory, the retail, restaurant, and entertainment district of Victory Park. Fall 2019.
Muchacho. Tex-Mex restaurant from chef Omar Flores and partner Alec Marshi will open in Preston Center in the old Taco Diner space at 4011 Villanova St. Flores and Marshi also own Whistle Britches, the chicken and biscuit restaurant concept that has locations in Dallas and Plano. Fall 2019.
One90 Smoked Meats. Barbecue restaurant which opened its first location on Northwest Highway in East Dallas four years ago will open a second location at the Lakeridge development. Opening in early 2020.
Over Under. Located at 8332 Southwestern Blvd. #170, this is one of nearly a dozen restaurants planned for famed apartment complex The Village Dallas, which is building an entertainment district and hotel. Chef Junior Borges will lead a team of chefs overseeing multiple restaurants, scheduled to open in spring 2020.
Pacheco Taco Bar. Mexico City-inspired taqueria offering street tacos, margaritas, and ceviche will open at Toyota Music Factory entertainment complex in Irving. Owner is Elias Pacheco, who also owns a sit-down restaurant in Sherman called Tacos Pacheco. Opening any minute now.
Pappas Delta Blues Smokehouse. Upscale barbecue restaurant from Houston-based Pappas Restaurants (Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, and Pappasito’s Cantina) will open in Plano at 3916 Dallas Pkwy., in a former Bone Daddy's. This is the second location; the original opened in Webster, Texas, in 2017. Mid-September.
Partenope Ristorante. Restaurant specializing in Southern Italian food will open in downtown Dallas, from husband-and-wife team Dino and Megan Santonicola, formerly of Cane Rosso. The restaurant is going into the Titche-Goettinger building at 1900 Main St., in a space on the corner of St. Paul Street, and will open in the fall.
Port of Peri Peri. Formerly Porto's Peri Peri, this Chicago-area chain that debuted in the Dallas area in 2018 is opening in Irving, at 1800 Marketplace Blvd. near LBJ and Belt Line Road. It joins the chain's other three DFW locations including Plano, Frisco, and Arlington.
Queso Beso. Another concept from downtown Dallas kingpin Tim Headington, this will open at 1525 Main St. This being a Headington project, there's no info available on opening date or cuisine, but "queso" surely implies Mexican.
Ricky's Nashville Hot Chicken. Former caterer is opening a restaurant in Richardson at 100 S. Central Expy. where he'll offer Nashville-style spicy fried chicken in mild, medium, and "very deadly" heat levels, along with chicken & waffles and mac & cheese. Opening in the fall.
Roots Southern Table. Southern-fare concept from Top Chef alumna Tiffany Derry and her partner Tom Foley is opening at the Shops at Mustang Station mixed-use center in scenic Farmers Branch.
Round Table Pizza. Northern California chain will open its second area location at 5600 SMU Blvd., on the ground floor of the Mockingbird Flats building. Round Table focuses on family nights, post-game excursions, etc. They made their Texas debut with a first location in Frisco, which opened in March. The SMU location will be the first in Dallas. Late summer.
Red Stix – Asian Street Food. Uno Immanivong, formerly of Chino Chinatown in Trinity Groves, is opening two locations of the casual Asian spot she first opened at Legacy Hall: one at the Shops at Mustang Station mixed-use center in Farmers Branch, and the other at 6501 Hillcrest Ave., in the same center as The Biscuit Bar, across from SMU. Fall 2019.
Roundhouse. Located at 8332 Southwestern Blvd. #100, this is one of nearly a dozen restaurants planned for famed apartment complex The Village Dallas, which is creating a new entertainment district and hotel. Chef Junior Borges will lead a team of chefs overseeing multiple restaurants, scheduled to open in spring 2020.
The Salty Donut. Doughnut shop from Miami will open a location in Bishop Arts at 414 West Davis St., in the former Red Sparrow Mercantile space. The Salty Donut was founded in 2015 by Andy Rodriguez and Amanda Pizarro, who debuted the concept out of a vintage camper and were the first to introduce "gourmet doughnuts" to Miami. Winter 2019.
Snooze an A.M. Eatery. Popular hipster breakfast restaurant chain continues its worldwide domination of the Dallas area with another new location on the books: in East Dallas' Casa Linda Plaza, with an opening penciled in for 2020.
SoCo Coffee. Short for "Southern Comfort Bistro," SoCo is a coffee house and bistro opening in Lake Highlands for breakfast and lunch, serving biscuits, scones, sandwiches, and salads. Late September or early October.
Southpaws Grill. Healthy, fast-casual concept will open at the 2000 Ross building, its third, following locations at 3227 McKinney Ave. in Uptown and in Preston Center. Fall 2019.
Sketches of Spain. The team behind the popular Wild Detectives bookstore in Oak Cliff will open this tapas bar named for a Miles Davis album at 321 N. Zang Blvd. Fall.
Victor Hugo's, which has been serving New American bistro-style cuisine in Oak Cliff for the past five years, will open a second location, this one in Richardson, in the former Kabobi Fresh Mediterranean space at 100 S. Central Expy., in the same center as Alamo Drafthouse. Opening in the fall.
Waffle O'Licious. Rising star in the food truck world will put down roots in Richardson at 141 N. Plano Rd., in a location formerly occupied by OMG Tacos. Best-sellers include the Philly cheesesteak waffle with ribeye, Swiss cheese, sautéed onions, and Southwest sauce, sandwiched between two hot Belgium waffles. Opening mid-September.
Wahlburgers. Casual burger and bar chain from the Wahlberg family of Boston and Hollywood will open its first restaurant in Texas at The Star in Frisco. Founded by brothers Mark, Donnie, and chef Paul Wahlberg, it has burgers, sandwiches, sides, and specialty drinks. Fall 2019.
The Yellow Chilli. Indian restaurant from India's most famous celebrity chef will open its first location in Texas at the Shops at Legacy in Plano. It's from "Master Chef" Sanjeev Kapoor, a celebrated face of Indian cuisine, a restaurateur, TV host, winner of several culinary awards, and author of more than 150 best-selling cookbooks. Late 2019.
Zaap Kitchen Lao & Thai Street Eats. Greenville Avenue restaurant that serves food from Laos and Thailand is opening a second location at Casa Linda Plaza, at the corner of Buckner Boulevard and Garland Road, in the same quadrant as Petco. Owner Tony Singharaj and his family aim to have it open by the end of 2019.